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Valor Friday

| February 23, 2024 | 4 Comments
Valor Friday

I’ve talked several times about multi-war veterans. Some of those have earned valor awards for gallantry in action in service spanning several decades. Pascal Poolaw was one such man. You’ll recall he earned four Silver Stars and three Purple Hearts. He did so across three different wars, earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart in […]

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Navy Veteran charged with grand theft and misrepresenting military service and uniforms to deceive to obtain money

| February 21, 2024 | 44 Comments
Navy Veteran charged with grand theft and misrepresenting military service and uniforms to deceive to obtain money

Bernard Curtis, 72, wore an erroneous uniform combination, consisting of Army and Navy uniform items. Curtis used this uniform combination, and an old photo of his disabled son, to deceive people into giving him money. He is also accused of stealing $5,000 in jewelry. The officers that responded to the scene, and stopped him, happened […]

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Friday deserter

| February 16, 2024 | 53 Comments
Friday deserter

Leading off the day, there is an Army SFC  Shantaya Williams whose attorney is raising hell about a drug-lord style raid on his deserter. Recently released body camera footage of the 2022 arrest of an Army reservist in her home on a desertion charge shows police breaking down the door of the woman’s home at […]

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After spending approximately $2 billion, U.S. Army ending Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

| February 9, 2024 | 15 Comments
After spending approximately $2 billion, U.S. Army ending Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

The Army began the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program in 2018. This aircraft was designed by Textron’s Bell unit and Sikorsky. Sikorsky showcased the new helicopter design as one that offered speed, range, and agility not shared by other helicopters. The U.S. Army decided to scrape the program, given the new realities on the […]

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Another decade, another multi-billion $ Army helicopter program cancelled

| February 9, 2024 | 16 Comments
Another decade, another multi-billion $ Army helicopter program cancelled

The Army has once again sunk a massive amount of money into a new helicopter program only to cancel it. Does this story sound familiar? It should. They do it every decade or so. Here’s a brief history of US Army attack helicopter programs and their dispositions;  AH-1 Cobra – Successfully entered production, though only […]

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Resupply by AI. What could go wrong?

| February 8, 2024 | 35 Comments
Resupply by AI. What could go wrong?

Army Futures Command’s newest Cross Functional Team-Contested Logistics head, Rob Watts, talked about resupply by AI and robotic delivery vehicles such as UAVs and roboboat. “We want a tool to tell us, when we get to precision sustainment, that ‘you need to start moving some ammo to island X today because it’s going to take […]

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Throwing dollars at quality of life

| February 6, 2024 | 56 Comments
Throwing dollars at quality of life

Both the Army and Navy have been shocked – SHOCKED –  that enlisted barracks, to be polite, suck. Water leaks, black mold, rats (freakin’ RATS?) and a host of other problems have surfaced in the last several months, and leadership is determined to throw money at it fix the situation. Or at least get it […]

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Valor Friday

| February 2, 2024 | 15 Comments
Valor Friday

During the Vietnam War, 235 men earned Medals of Honor. Since the end of that conflict, a further 33 have been awarded. In any such list, there’s always got to be a “first.” Roger Donlon was the first man to receive the Medal of Honor during Vietnam. Though Army Captain Humbert “Rocky” Versace, in 2008, […]

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